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Arctic Warriors

Arctic Warriors

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about Arctic Warriors and the skills they learn and practice. We have two officers in the studio whose military training has helped them make it through Alaska’s harshest weather. One was on a caribou hunt on North Slope when the weather took a dangerous turn. The other led a successful Denali ascent over the summer. What does the military teach about surviving outdoors? We’ll get into that question on this show.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Winter Sports and Climate Change

Winter Sports and Climate Change

If winter defines us as Alaskans, as skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, what happens when we start to lose winter? Strange weather is becoming the new normal and we’re forced to adapt to climate change, because we don’t have a choice. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll look at what that means from scientific and a practical perspective.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness

Whereas having somebody else along is often safer and more fun, solo trips into the wilderness can sometimes be the most memorable. Whether by choice or necessity, these experiences offer a chance to get to know oneself better. We’ll speak with three guests about what it’s like being truly alone in the great outdoors.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Going the Distance With Your Nordic Skiing

Going the Distance With Your Nordic Skiing

Nordic skiing is a great sport for non-athletes and truly a life-long activity that you don’t have to give up as you get older. Although it provides a total workout, it doesn’t put much strain on joints and muscles. And in the endurance events, middle-agers can do quite well. Our topic today is training for distance races, including our famous Tour of Anchorage, not because you ever expect to win, but because you want to go the distance and share a big accomplishment with many friends and neighbors.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Stargazing

O'Malley Peak Star Trails: Canis Minor Rising -- Oct 22, 2014: Canis Minor is the smallest constellation: the white star at the horizon is Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris), the Little Dog Star, and the blue star above that is Gomeisa (Beta Canis Minoris), Arabic meaning "the bleary-eyed (woman)" -- photographed with a Nikon DSLR camera. Copyright 2014 Jane E Gnass.

The night sky is infinitely interesting, and, like any experience in nature, knowledge only makes the experience deeper. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re going to learn about the stars and watching them as an outdoor Alaskan activity.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Outdoor Filmmakers

Outdoor Filmmakers

If you really love what you do outdoors, its natural to want to document that with pictures or video. Outdoor filmmaking is exploding as young people deploy equipment that is much less expensive than it used to be. This week on Outdoor Explorer we talk to adventure filmmakers. It goes beyond strapping a GoPro to your helmet.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Small Game Hunting

Photo of a willow ptarmigan in transitional plumage. Photo by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Small game can be an entry for young people into hunting, but it’s also is a tradition for sportsmen going back centuries and shows up in classic literature from all over the world. On the next Outdoor Explorer, the topic is hunting upland game birds and small mammals.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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